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Notice: Events Cancelled

Most MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state have been cancelled until April 15 to help protect the public amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

The cancellations are effective immediately and include scheduled hunter education classes, nature center programs and events, shooting range programs and events, and landowner workshops.

Please contact the specific MDC location for more information.

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Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Mid Continent Public Library Liberty Branch

This will be a two part program....

Part 1 - on April 23rd, 5:30pm - 7:00pm will meet in the classroom area of the Liberty Mid Continent Public Library for an educational fishing lesson.

Part 2 - We will meet again on April 30th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm at Fountain Bluff Sports Complex for our fishing opportunity. Participants must attend the lessons at the library before they can participate in the fishing opportunity.

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Permits are not required to fish during this program.

Register by April 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The last week of April is usually the most beautiful week in Missouri for spring wildflowers, blooming trees and shrubs. The native landscape at the Discovery Center is no exception. Join us for a one hour walk around our big backyard enjoying and learning about the blooms. We will also be scanning the treetops for colorful migrating warblers making their way north on the spring migration.

Register by April 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The last week of April is usually the most beautiful week in Missouri for spring wildflowers, blooming trees and shrubs. The native landscape at the Discovery Center is no exception. Join us for a one hour walk around our big backyard enjoying and learning about the blooms. We will also be scanning the treetops for colorful migrating warblers making their way north on the spring migration.

Register by April 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The last week of April is usually the most beautiful week in Missouri for spring wildflowers, blooming trees and shrubs. The native landscape at the Discovery Center is no exception. Join us for a one hour walk around our big backyard enjoying and learning about the blooms. We will also be scanning the treetops for colorful migrating warblers making their way north on the spring migration.

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

A fun-filled day of activities for families. Fishing for those 15 and younger. A gift bag will be provided, while supplies last, and lunch will be served. Door prizes every hour. Help will be available to those who need to brush up on their fishing skills. Tackle, poles, and bait are provided. Two fish per child may be taken home but bring a bucket or cooler as no cleaning station is available. The visitor center will be open during the event. On-site registration on the day of the event.

Register by May 5

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Fountain Buffs Sports Complex

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.
Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4. Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

Register by May 15

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Fishing permits are not required for any participant to fish during this program.

Register by May 18

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Fishing permits are not required for any participant to fish during this program.

Register by May 20

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Lake Jacomo Marina

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program. Participants who complete all four of Discover Nature - Fishing lesson together with family members will each receive a 25.00 Bass Pro Shop gift card from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Register by May 20

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Lake Jacomo Marina

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Fishing permits are not required for any participant to fish during this program.

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Join us for a day of learning about the wide variety of native plants that can suit your landscaping needs. You will learn about and make a "seed ball" to get an easy head start on planting native seeds of grasses and flowers. You can also learn about native trees and how they can add long-lasting value and beauty to your landscape. We will be giving away free native plant and tree seedlings for you to take home and plant. We will offer guided landscape tours along with opportunities to ask experts for advice on how to improve your landscape with native plants. There will be activities for the whole family!

Register by May 25

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.
Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4. Participants do not need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Register by May 22

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Clinton Office

Participants will fish at the Clinton office pond. We will demonstrate how to clean and cook fish. Participants must be properly licensed.

Register by May 27

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Lake Jacomo Marina

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.
Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4. Participants do not need a fishing permit to fish during this program. Participants who complete all four of the Discover Nature - Fishing lesson together with family members will each receive a 25.00 Bass Pro Shop gift card from the Missouri Department of Conservation..

Date: Monday, June 1, 2020 - 8:30am to Friday, June 5, 2020 - 4:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (Missouri residents ages 9-12) Before and after care available beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. Camp and extended care are both free of charge. Becoming an urban xplorer is as simple as taking a step outdoors. In our summer camp you will xplor the wonders of nature by learning outdoor skill, visiting an urban cultural site and utilizing nature within art. Field trips will be a part of your xploring. You will get to canoe, fish, hike and xplor a stream. Make plans now to become an urban xplorer this summer. Partial funding for this program comes from the Missouri Parks Association's "Urban Populations Outreach Program."
Applications will be available April 1 at the Discovery Center or on our website, https://www.mdc.mo.gov/discoverycenter. Applications will be accepted through April 24. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by May 1.

Register by July 22

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Platte Ridge Park

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Register by July 29

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Platte Ridge Park

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.
Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4. Participants do not need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

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